Dazzle in Holiday Party Attire
Bing Shopping: Velvet
Couture designers are in love with the regal fabric, and this means it’s been reinterpreted at more affordable price points for everyone’s party circuit. Trend-right touches include jewel tones (especially emerald), long-sleeve and long-draping gown shapes, and animal-print burnout patterns.
Bing Shopping: Sequins
All holiday fashion guides tout high-wattage shine, but this season is set to be the sparkliest on record. Sequins embellish everything from tiny cocktail frocks to frothy chiffon ball gowns. Mesh is a favorite (and very body-con) material for anchoring all that shimmer, and colored sequins are hipper than clear.
Bing Shopping: Lace
It’s a timeless and traditional holiday party pick, but also super trend-right this year, so go ahead and indulge in the latest variations on this textural marvel – colored lace is breathtaking (reds, greens, blues), sequin dusting adds irresistible shine, and lace woven with metallic glams up the simplest silhouettes.
Dresses: The LBD
Bing Shopping: The LBD
No fete fashion list would be complete without the all time classic party dress. It’s little and it’s black and beyond that, the choices are (almost) endless. Pleated chiffon gowns flirt, bandage-style dresses knock everyone out and simple (and all-evening comfy) shifts shine with beautiful beading.
Separates: Tuxedo jackets
Bing Shopping: Tuxedo jackets
Seen on big city streets over skinny jeans or long skirts, these classy toppers are a trend-fave of the fashionista crowd, so they’re taking up more rack space in stores both high-end and mass merchant. Tuxedo jackets are also a no-brainer for pairing with silk pants or flowy chiffon skirts for the holidays.
Separates: Statement pants
Bing Shopping: Statement denim
Wanna get through the holiday party rounds wearing jeans? Impossible? Not with the latest crop of mega-dazzling denim. Sometimes deemed “trophy pants,” pairs printed, coated, foiled and waxed give off enough glam to get you into all but the swankiest affairs. Top these jean dreams with luxe knits or sparkle-heavy blouses.
Separates: Fancy tops
From the simplest embellished tanks to intricately embroidered dolman-sleeve chiffon blouses, you’ll top any best-dressed list in one of these spectacular shirts. And don’t forget the party power of a tunic – more material means more room for rich patterns, brilliant shine or breathtaking embroidery.
Separates: Leather skirts
Bing Shopping: Leather skirts
Use the excuse of all those holiday parties to purchase a sleek leather pencil skirt and you’ll be making a wise investment. You’ll wear this wardrobe workhorse in scads of situations – in the office, out to dinner and drinks; even dressed down with a cozy knit sweater and booties for weekend casual.
Handbags & shoes: Opulent clutches
Bing Shopping: Opulent clutches
Carry on, darling, and do it in savvy party style with a little, but luxe, clutch. Whether you choose a softly constructed version, a framed purse, a rectangle, square or even more fanciful shape, look for clutches encrusted with sequins, beading, glitter or boho-beautiful embroidery.
Handbags & shoes: Mini shoulder bags
Bing Shopping: Mini shoulder bags
Mini bags don’t skimp on the sizzle this season. Easy to carry via the slinky shoulder strap, these purses keep your hands free for more important party activities – cocktails and canapés, anyone? They also skew a little more casual than fancy clutches and match perfectly with short, saucy gowns.